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The Secret Life of Language dives into the cultures, arts, and histories that underpin and inform the diverse languages we speak. From the studios of the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics.

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The Secret Life of Language dives into the cultures, arts, and histories that underpin and inform the diverse languages we speak. From the studios of the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics.

    Bringing insect eating to the mainstream: Securing a sustainable food supply?

    Bringing insect eating to the mainstream: Securing a sustainable food supply?

    Insect eating has the potential to alleviate food insecurity in many countries. However, public health nutritionists argue that large-scale entomophagy in Western culture faces many barriers. Listen to University of Melbourne experts on the history of insect eating in Latin America and Australia and the need to mitigate the very real disgust factor when it comes to insect eating if it is to become more mainstream and a truly viable solution to food insecurity.
    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Lara Anderson and Gavin Nebauer with assistance from Profactual.com. Recorded and mixed at The Horwood Recording Studio University of Melbourne by Gavin Nebauer.

    • 26 min
    The Murrinhpatha language: A window on country and community

    The Murrinhpatha language: A window on country and community

    While many Australian indigenous languages are running out of speakers, the Murrinhpatha language is not only being actively passed on to subsequent generations, but is also gaining new speakers. Linguists Dr Barb Kelly and Dr John Mansfield take us on a journey into the society and culture of Murrinhpatha people through their language. Presented by Charlotte Mackay and Peter Hurst.

    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Kelvin Param and Eric van Bemmel of Profactual, Gavin Nebauer, Charlotte Mackay and Peter Hurst. Music by Mark Kurungaiyi and Kevin Mollingin, and recorded and mixed by Realtone.

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    • 27 min
    Beyond words: In the field with indigenous languages

    Beyond words: In the field with indigenous languages

    The world speaks some 6,700 languages, and 4,000 of them are spoken by indigenous peoples, who make up less than 6% of the global population. In this episode, we speak with researchers who venture into the world's remotest corners in their quest to document languages, to help revive or reinforce community tongues, or to discover what even a single, little-known language may have to teach us about the way humans communicate. Linguist Assoc Prof Nick Thieberger and cultural anthropologist Dr Debra McDougall are joined by hosts Charlotte Mackay and Peter Hurst.
    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Eric van Bemmel and Kelvin Param of Profactual, Gavin Nebauer, Charlotte Mackay and Peter Hurst.

    • 29 min
    Life behind the Wall: What have we lost with the fall of East Germany?

    Life behind the Wall: What have we lost with the fall of East Germany?

    In the second of a two-part conversation, we look back at life as it really was for ordinary people "behind the Iron Curtain" in the now defunct German Democratic Republic. German studies researchers Alison Lewis and Claudia Sandberg join host Leo Kretzenbacher to examine East German pop culture and film, uses of language and humour, and notions of identity either side of the Berlin Wall.
    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Eric van Bemmel and Kelvin Param of Profactual, and Gavin Nebauer.

    • 34 min
    Life behind the Wall: How are we to remember East Germany?

    Life behind the Wall: How are we to remember East Germany?

    Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent demise of the German Democratic Republic, how should we remember life in the famously authoritarian state? German studies researchers Alison Lewis and Claudia Sandberg join host Leo Kretzenbacher to look back at how ordinary East Germans negotiated their lives and livelihoods in the self-proclaimed "most egalitarian society in Europe". First of a two-part conversation. A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Eric van Bemmel and Kelvin Param of Profactual, and Gavin Nebauer.

    • 34 min
    The Stasi Files

    The Stasi Files

    In stories adapted from the declassified files of the Stasi, East Germany's secret police, we examine the roles of informer and victim in which so many ordinary East Germans found themselves over the four decades before the fall of the Berlin Wall. German studies researcher Alison Lewis also helps us decode the broader impact of the Stasi's tentacles and its lasting legacy. Presented by Leo Kretzenbacher.
    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics.
    Produced by Eric van Bemmel and Kelvin Param of Profactual, Gavin Nebauer, and Alison Lewis.

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    • 30 min

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